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Coming Soon: Eben Venter’s New Novel, Wolf, Wolf

Wolf, WolfWolf, WolfNB Publishers are proud to announce the release of Eben Venter’s new novel, Wolf, Wolf, in both English and Afrikaans in March:

He presses the button to activate the screen of the CCTV system: two sharply pointed dog’s ears. A wolfhound; except that a wolfhound can’t reach that high. He keeps the button pressed in and peers at the blue-grey night scene of the pavement and the section of the road covered by the cameras at the gate. The dog’s head, abnormally large, stares back at him. There’s something about the hairiness of the dog hairs and the oddly impassive gaze of the dark pin-hole eyes that doesn’t seem quite right. And where’s the rest of the dog-creature’s body? He knows who it is even before the deliberately-gruffened voice comes over the intercom.

“Matt,” says the dog-muzzle, “it’s me. Please open up.”

Mattheus Duiker, the only son of Benjamin Duiker, the former owner of Duiker’s Motors, opens the gate of their Cape Town mansion to his lover, Jack. Disguised as a wolf, Jack invades the intimate darkness in which Matt is waiting for his father to die and for his own life to take off. Shiny-eyed at the prospect, the two young men sneak past the study where the old blind man, dwelling on melancholy attachments and sombre suspicions, sits listening for the footfall of death.

Eben Venter’s novel is an unsparing investigation into the relation between a father and his son, into the disenfranchisement of a man who can glean scant wisdom from the past to equip him for life in a rapidly changing dispensation. Passionate. Disturbing. A masterly unravelling of the fragile thread of feeling – Eben Venter at the top of his game.

About the author

Eben Venter was raised on a sheep farm in Eastern Cape, South Africa. He read philosophy at university and migrated to Australia in 1986 when a State of Emergency was declared.

Venter has published nine works of fiction (six novels, two short story collections and a column & recipe book.) His last novel, Santa Gamka (2009), was awarded three South African literary awards: the W.A. Hofmeyr prize (for the fourth time), the M-Net and the ATKV prize.

His work has been translated in English, Dutch and German. His last English novel, Trencherman, was longlisted for the Sunday Times (South Africa) prize, 2009.

He was writer-in-residence at Rhodes University, South Africa in 2012.

An alumni achiever award was bestowed on him by the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in November 2011.

A highlight of his career was his 2006 writer-in-residency at NIAS, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study, one of Europe’s most prestigious postgraduate institutions, and lectures by invitation at the Free University of Amsterdam and the University of Kyoto, Japan.

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    Looking forward to this!

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